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Lillian Fern Munk McDonald

November 24, 2009 by

Lillian Fern Munk McDonald, 90, died peacefully of causes incident to age on Sunday, Nov. 15, 2009.

Lillian was born in Montpelier, Idaho, Jan. 22, 1918, to Lewis Edgar Munk and France Wright.

Lillian was educated in the public schools of Georgetown, Idaho, Provo, Utah, Grace, Idaho, and graduated from high school in Montpelier, Idaho, at age 16. She graduated from Utah State Agriculture College, Logan, Utah, in 1938, with a Bachelor of Science degree in secretarial science.

She married John E. McDonald of Heber City, Utah, in the Logan LDS Temple on Jan. 4, 1938.

Lillian was a member of the LDS Church, and served long and faithfully in many capacities, not least of which was uncomplaining support of her husband, who was often away from home, serving in leadership capacities himself. The Relief Society and M.I.A. of the Lakeview ward, especially were the beneficiaries of her considerable energies and dedication. After her husband’s retirement from the timber industry in Oregon, he and Lillian moved to Benjamin, Utah, where they served as ordinance workers in the Provo Temple and as missionaries in the Florida, Ft. Lauderdale mission. Additionally, she worked for many years in the data processing center in Spanish Fork and was also an organist and Relief Society teacher in the Benjamin First Ward. In 2003, the couple moved to Spanish Fork and the Meadowlark First Ward, where they continued to serve as called and as advancing age permitted.

Lillian had a lifelong interest in music, but her greater gift was as an athlete. She was a life-long sports enthusiast. At Utah State, she earned her “A” sweater, participating in every sport offered to women. She gave up tennis only when she could no longer find competitors in her age group and played golf into her eighties. Although after college she never applied for a job, she was at various times sought out as a public school teacher, a legal secretary and a court reporter.

She was a skilled homemaker and generous with her talents. A wonderful cook, she found great satisfaction preparing bountiful feasts for the many people invited to share her table over the years. She also enjoyed sewing clothing for her daughters and pieced numerous quilts, most of which she gave away.

She was preceded in death by her husband John; a premature infant daughter; infant son James Calvin; her parents; brother Lewis Munk; sisters Mildred Jensen and Faye Donaly.

Survivors include: her son and daughter-in-law Dr. Andrew John and Patricia McDonald of Mapleton, Utah; daughters and sons-in-law Jean and Stephen Atwood of St. George, Utah and Paula and Robert Walker of Lopez Island, Wash.; 14 grandchildren and 29 great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, Nov. 21, 2009 at 11 a.m. at the Meadow Lark LDS 1st Ward, 870 E. Canyon Rd., Spanish Fork, Utah. Interment will be in Heber City Cemetery.

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